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Arrived at night in Padang airport was not my plan at all. My flight’s delay from Jakarta took almost 6 hours. It was a little bit difficult for me to find transportation to get my homestay.
No online transportation such as Uber/Grab/Gojek like in Jakarta found here. I then found a travel car at the airport that cost me $6, driving me to my accommodation.
You can choose many options of conventional travel cars depends on the distance and location to drop you off. You can bargain the prices with the drivers. If you are lucky sometimes you can get a cheaper price.
Stay in a cheap accommodation
Padang is a capital city of West Sumatra province, about 1 and half hour from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. The overall cost of living here is inexpensive especially for accommodation, transportation, and food. It’s really perfect to live for a long period if you want to know more about the culture.
I stayed in Yani Homestay for 3 days, my room especially has a queen size of bed with a wooden drawer placed beside the bed. My room is not really expensive only $13 per night with breakfast included.The place is quite cozy, it’s not on the main street, but it’s nearby to get some main attraction in the city.
Rent a motorbike
To get everywhere around Padang is a little bit difficult because of the nonexistence of online transportation. But, you can rent a car or motorbike that will cost you between $4-$6 for 24 hours.
You can also rent a car about $30 to $50 depends on the type of transportation. Mine was only $4, I preferred to ride motorbike which was easier for me to get everywhere around here.
Go to Museum Adityawarman
I went to a museum of museum Aditya Warman filled with the relic object of historical Minangkabau tribe with more than 6.000 collections. The wedding, local architecture, ceremony, dance, and arts are displayed here.
There is also a guide who can explain to you about the glorious Minangkabau indigenous history. You can get abundances knowledge here only for $1 for the ticket entrance. if you want to try wearing traditional costume, it’s free.
Padang is a religious city with a Muslim majority. You can find one of the biggest mosques in Southeast Asia here. The grand mosque of West Sumatra was officially used in 2014 with 20.000 capacity completely mesmerized me.
You can see the influence of local culture and Islam religion from the architecture building both exterior and interior. If you come inside, you should wear some appropriate clothes that cover your body, especially for women.
Try local Food in The night
The night in Padang is an actual heaven for foodie lovers. Outside of the famous Nasi Padang or rice with a different type of savory meals, it is also known for street food. I found unusual food called “Cipuik Linkitang” or back sea snail cooked with savory ingredients.
The taste for $1.5 is more than what I expected, combined with spicy sauce served with ginger tea drink ($0.5). My late night also completed with “Krupuk Kuah”, a type of savory cracker filled with white noodle and poured with peanut sauce.
It’s a must try when you come to Padang, it’s only $0.7 for a large portion. You can find it everywhere in this city especially in the night.
Padang is not like others typical touristy cities in Indonesia that cost you even more. It welcomes you with its strong culture, the Muslim community, cheaper accommodation, and amazing landscape. I will definitely come back here again someday.
Writer: Avan, a blog writer, and backpacker.